Van Poppel wins stage 1 of Valenciana; Clancy, Chapman triumph: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

February 1, 2018

Van Poppel wins stage 1 of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Fast and fastidious: How Ed Clancy turned track nous into Sun Tour success; Women’s Herald Sun TT victory for Van Vleuten, but Chapman holds onto tour; Sarreau sprints to victory on stage 1 of the Étoile de Bessèges; Ferrand-Prévot looks forward to exciting and unpredictable world cyclocross championships; Race winner, national champion and 10 others positive at Vuelta a Costa Rica; Major sprint duels anticipated at Dubai Tour; Video: Groupama-FDJ’s new jersey; Video: Priest on folding bike dazzles descending riders

Fast and fastidious: How Ed Clancy turned track nous into Sun Tour success

by Matt de Neef

MELBOURNE, Australia (CT) – Ed Clancy (JLT-Condor) is best known for his considerable success on the track – not least three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the team pursuit and a slew of world championships medals. This evening, on Melbourne’s Southbank promenade, the 32-year-old Briton used his track cycling nous to power to the biggest victory of his road cycling career.

While some lamented the shortening of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s prologue from 2.1km to 1.6km, Clancy rejoiced. It tilted the contest in his favour. Clancy prepared accordingly, breaking down the technical stage like he would an effort on the velodrome.

“I’ve just been absolutely obsessed with this,” Clancy said of the stage. “I almost did it like in a sort of trackie way – you look at the numbers, you kind of figure what average power you reckon you can hold over two minutes, you look at [Danny] Van Poppel’s winning time from last year and you kind of figure ‘Well it hasn’t got this turn in – you might able to average a similar sort of speed.’ I did a bit of calculations, worked out about how long it would take. I did my research.”

It went beyond speeds and times and power outputs too. Clancy studied the course in detail, both remotely and on the ground. “As soon as a course profile [was available] you can get on get on Google Earth and have a little look,” Clancy said. “When we came down here a couple weeks ago for a photo shoot I spent a long time scouting out the course, even looking at drain covers and things like that and eyeing up that first straight.

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